Official Country Name:Burkina Faso
Region:West and Central Africa
Religious Demographics:Christian ±20%, Evangelical ±8%, Muslim ±52%, Ethnoreligious ±23%, Unevangelized ±31%
Number of Evangelicals
The Land of Honest Men Can Speak of His Truth
Burkina Faso, previously known as Upper Volta, was part of French West Africa from 1896 until 1960. The Mossi people in the 11th and 13th centuries were the first people to settle in the area. Upper Volta became independent in 1960. In 1984, the country changed its name to Burkina Faso. Source: JP numbers The land was given the name Burkina Faso, which means "honest men." Burkina Faso is bordered by Mali to the north and west, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, and Côte d'Ivoire to the south. Much of the country consists of savannah and flat, infertile soil. Source: JP numbers
Over half of the nation is Muslim, and the secular nation promotes harmony between all of the various religious groups. The Burkinabe evangelical church is culturally bridged to the unreached Muslim world and has great familiarity from living alongside Islamic peoples. This puts the church at a strategic advantage in reaching the 5 billion Muslims, both those inside and outside of their country.
Systemic poverty has negatively impacted the country, leading to a weak economy, declining health, and a dependency on foreign aid. Aside from the social and economic crises, Burkina Faso still ranks high in many Mobilization Index sub-categories. The country is home to approximately 2 million evangelicals, and mission efforts by the church are already being pursued. The nation is religiously free to promote mission efforts and has access to millions of unreached within their borders. Overall, Burkina Faso has moderate mobilization potential.